Chinese Herb: Fan Xie Ye (Senna Leaf), Folium Sennae
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Chinese Herb: Fan Xie Ye (Senna Leaf), Folium Sennae

Herb 2 of 7 in Purgatives

Cold Fan Xie Ye (Folium Sennae)
Sweet, Bitter, Cold
Folium Sennae
Tone Marks:
fān xiè yè
Purgative Leaf of the Foreigners

Chinese Herb Actions

  • Eliminates Heat and Stagnation by Draining Downward
    For constipation from heat accumulating in the intestines with abdominal fullness. Especially useful in treating habitual constipation.

Chinese Herb Contraindications & Cautions

  • Do not use during menstruation, pregnancy, or lactation. Also contraindicated in patients with a weak constitution. Use with extreme caution and in very small dosages for patients with chronic constipation. Large dosages may result in nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

Herb-Drug Interactions

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Chinese Herb Toxicity & Overdose

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Chinese Herb Dosage

  • 3-9 grams. 1.5-3 grams when steeped alone in tea. Do not cook for more than 15 minutes.
  • Part used: leaf.